Jerky maker Oberto Brands on Jan. 13 announced plans to close two plants but upgrade its headquarters plant to improve operating efficiency.
The Kent, Wash., facility will be expanded with new equipment and the “enhancement” of existing lines, moves that should create some jobs. But the company will sell its facility in Albany, Ore., and will close its Nashville, Tenn., site by April.
“While it is always difficult to consolidate manufacturing facilities, we are thrilled to be expanding our capabilities in Kent,” explained Jason Blake, senior vice president of operations. “Having all manufacturing operations under the same roof as our R&D lab will lead to increased innovation and business growth.”
Oberto officials said the beef jerky market continues to be a high growth category, and the company has reached record sales and market share levels in recent years. In addition to the Oberto and Pacific Gold brands, Oberto claims to be the country’s leader in private label jerky manufacturing.
Eighty-two employees will be laid off in Nashville.
Family owned Oberto Brands has been in business since 1918.